Library Loot!

library-lootLast weeks loot has to be the best batch of movies I’ve ever brought home from the library. They were all great. Although, I didn’t quite get to The Apartment.  There wasn’t a loser in the bunch.

I’m glad to have finally seen Annie Hall.  And I’ll now join the throngs of people who love it.  While I’ll always love Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, it’s clear that Annie is the best of his films that I’ve seen.  It was hilarious, and I didn’t even mind Woody Allen’s usually annoying impromtu bits.

I love movies about Ireland’s strife (Hunger is definitely one of the best films I’ve seen this year).  The Crying Game, despite gratuitous on-screen wieners, was fantastic.

The Graduate was much funnier than I thought it would be, and now I’ve finally seen Dustin Hoffman in something other than Hook that I liked him in!

I know I’m in the huge minority here, but I did not like Raising Arizona.  Not even a little bit.  I can appreciate Nicholas Cage’s performance, he managed not to be a douche, but this is just not my type of comedy, and I’m glad it was only ninety minutes.  It did take me a few viewings to warm up to The Big Lebowski, so I’m not going to write it off just yet.

Midnight Cowboy was surprisingly entertaining.  After watching Anaconda as a 12 year old, I was certain John Voight was a douche, but he actually acted in his day.  This movie was much cooler than I thought it would be, although it took me some time to get used to how much he looks like Angelina in the movie.

The real standout of this loot was The Piano.  I’m pretty much in love with this film.  It blew my mind.  Holly Hunter was outstanding and the direction was better than anything I’ve seen recently.  I even dragged myself to the theatre to see Bright Star the next day to see if Jane Campion wasn’t just a one hit wonder.  She’s not, by the way.

Here’s this week’s loot.  Any thoughts on whether I should watch the original five hour version of Scenes from a Marriage? Or should I just watch the three hour version made for American theatres?

Five Easy PiecesHoly Smoke!Hour of the WolfRosemary's BabyScenes from a Marriage

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4 Responses to “Library Loot!”
  1. Steve says:

    If you’re serious about finding something with Dustin Hoffman that you like him in, and want to dispell the image of John Voigt being a douche, I highly recommend Midnight Cowboy. It is clearly from a whole other millenium, but they’re both so great, and to hear the Midnight Cowboy theme in the context in which it was intended (instead of with Marge Simpson taking her tandem bike on a bus to Miami) is something everyone should experience.
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..From the Vault – Friday Night Lights (Season one) =-.

  2. Mitch says:

    You need to watch the TV Version. Both “Fanny and Alexander” and “Scenes From a Marriage” were filmed as miniseries; the theatrical versions of those films were largely afterthoughts for Bergman and his production team.

  3. Blake says:

    Steve, great suggestion! I actually watched Midnight Cowboy. I talked about it a little bit in the post. I loved it!

    Mitch, I finished the mini-series version of Scenes from a marriage tonight. I really enjoyed it. Any suggestions about my next Bergman film? I’ve run out.

  4. Steve says:

    That’s why I shouldn’t be reading blogs before bed. Other people’s ideas become my ideas. Lemme see if I can think up some other classic Voigt. Deliverance? Heat? Uh, Mission Impossible?

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